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By Comprehension Connection
Thank You, Mr. Falker is a must read with every upper elementary class, but to make the most of it, you need activities for deeper meaning. Let me help you out! This well reviewed bundle includes both a full color digital option using Google Slides
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10
$6.00
259
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By Comprehension Connection
The materials in this bundle are very adaptable to teacher needs. The set includes printable phoneme cards that can be used for making words, push it say it, cards for modeling rhyme, or teacher made games. Print on colored paper as outlined,
Subjects:
Spelling, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.00
50
Digital Download PDF (1.12 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Are you a Jan Brett fan but lack materials to go with her books? This bundle include materials for *11* of her books for many comprehension skills. Celebrate the holidays, winter, or any time of year with before/during/after comprehension focused
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.9, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7...
$58.50
$35.00
226
Bundle
By Comprehension Connection
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a classic, must read book for all children. This comprehension focused unit includes materials to use in guided reading or as mentor text lessons before/during/after reading. It is CCSS ALIGNED and in DIGITAL AND PDF to
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$5.00
106
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By Comprehension Connection
If you love Patricia Polacco's books, then having grab and go materials to go with them is a HUGE help. This author study includes materials for *13* titles PLUS an author research lapbook for a total of 560+ pages of materials. Patricia Polacco is
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Minilessons, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5...
$79.50
$50.00
164
Bundle
By Comprehension Connection
Need meaningful materials to use with this great book? Save TIME and keep your kids FOCUSED with this comprehension focused unit. This bundle is perfect for guided reading groups or as a mentor text with it's rich vocabulary and description. It is
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.9, RL.4.2...
$6.50
122
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By Comprehension Connection
We all have bad days, and this classic book is one every child can connect to. This bundle includes a variety of comprehension focused activities to make reading the book meaningful. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is an
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Novel Study, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RF.3.4
$6.00
122
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By Comprehension Connection
If you are teaching about the Underground Railroad, Henry's Freedom Box is a great companion book. Having quality activities to use with the book is a huge help, and this bundle gives you LOTS of Options! It includes comprehension materials, a
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading Strategies, Black History Month
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.6, RL.4.9, RL.5.2, W.5.2
$5.50
120
Digital Download PDF (3.54 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
The Relatives Came is a classic from Cynthia Rylant. This comprehension focused book companion includes before/during/after activities in both PDF and Digital for Google Slides TM. Use the book as a mentor text, in guided reading, for partner work
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7
$5.00
147
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By Comprehension Connection
Kindness in the Classroom is so important, and one of the best books to help teach this is Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. This bundle in both digital using Google Slides and PDF includes a book companion for introductions, a hands on kindness
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Classroom Community
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5...
$6.00
66
Digital Download ZIP (5.57 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Owl Moon is perfect for any time of year, and this comprehension focused book companion in a before, during, and after format includes many options you can use to deepen student understanding. Use as a mentor text, in guided reading, as a book
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Winter
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.3
$4.50
118
Digital Download PDF (2.63 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus is perfect for the start of the year. This comprehension focused guided reading unit is set up with before/during/after activities and vocabulary for each chapter. Junie B is a favorite of nearly all kids.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Back to School
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.4.1...
$4.00
114
Digital Download PDF (1.45 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Using poetry to build reading fluency is a highly effective strategy, and this HUGE bundle helps you do just that all year with the *55* ORIGINAL poetry sets included PLUS my Poetry Pros Activities for Figurative Language and Comprehension. Students
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Poetry, Phonics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
RF.2.4, RF.2.4a, RF.2.4b, RF.2.4c, RF.3.4, RF.3.4a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.4c, RF.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b...
$35.50
$30.00
74
Bundle
By Comprehension Connection
This bundle will save you TIME and provide your kids with MEANINGFUL LEARNING with a great book! This comprehension focused book companion is organized in a before/during/after format and is Common Core aligned. It includes a full color digital
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Novel Study, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.5, RL.5.6
$6.00
132
Digital Download ZIP (3.37 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
My Rotten Redhead Older Brother is one of Patricia Polacco's most popular books. This comprehension focused unit includes before/during/after activities that work well for guided reading, as mentor text lessons, for partners, and even for some
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7, RL.5.2...
$6.00
93
Digital Download ZIP (2.79 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Bully is the perfect book for counselors, tech specialists, and classroom teachers. It deals with bullying/cyber bullying, cliques, internet safety, and welcoming new students to school. This comprehension focused bundle is designed in a before,
Subjects:
School Counseling, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, W.4.2, W.5.1
$5.00
143
Digital Download ZIP (2.40 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
The Junkyard Wonders is perfect any time of year for addressing themes of bullying, friendship, and self-esteem. This comprehension focused unit was developed as a reading and writing unit co-taught with our guidance counselor. It includes both
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7, RL.5.1, RL.5.2...
$6.50
57
Digital Download ZIP (2.02 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Great books need to be used in meaningful ways. This comprehension focused bundle in DIGITAL using Google Slides TM and PDF gives you before/during/after activities. It's perfect for guided reading, mentor text lessons, in workstations, or for your
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7...
$6.50
74
Digital Download ZIP (3.01 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Set the stage and establish class norms with this Building a Positive Classroom Community Paper Bag Book! This project offers multiple instructional activities for teaching and practicing qualities of a kind and inclusive classroom. It can be used
Subjects:
Back to School, Valentine's Day, Classroom Community
Grades:
4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects
$3.00
18
Digital Download PDF (3.31 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Reading fluency is a critical skill for all primary readers. Using a Poem of the Week program is a well establish fluency building strategy. This bundle includes 9 ORIGINAL poems with blackline illustrations and color illustrations for WINTER and
Subjects:
Poetry, Winter, Spring
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
RF.2.4, RF.2.4a, RF.2.4b, RF.2.4c, RF.3.4, RF.3.4a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.4c, RF.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b...
$5.00
45
Digital Download PDF (3.46 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a reading specialist with 27 years of experience. Recently, I took early retirement to homeschool our daughter. My experience has been split between classroom experience in first, fourth, and fifth and reading intervention. Most recently, I worked as a literacy coach. I also worked for a year as a tech specialist until the position was eliminated.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Because my primary responsibility has been reading intervention with struggling readers, my instructional methods are based upon the individual needs of the students in my groups. My lessons are hands-on, active, and thoughtful. I encourage lots of oral discussion with high level questioning, and I include writing throughout the reading process. I LOVE interactive notebooks, anchor charts, mentor texts, and working with anything fun and active.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In the past,, I've received two educational grants totaling four thousand dollars to build a leveled library and lending room for literacy workstations. With these funds combined with Title 1 reading funding, we've been able to add nearly 3000 books to our tradebook library. I also present workshops often through my involvement with the Virginia State Reading Association and my local reading council where I've served as president this past year..

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I blog at Comprehension Connection, Classroom Tested Resources and Adventures in Literacy Land. I hope you'll drop by to read more about best practices in literacy instruction and share ideas of your own. To sign up for my monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE

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